Braves’ caravan plans four stops around Cobb
by MDJ staff reports
January 20, 2014 12:07 AM | 2786 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three years before they move to a new stadium in Cobb County, the Atlanta Braves will be making a handful of stops within the county as part of their annual preseason caravan tour.

Players, coaches and other team personnel will be crisscrossing Georgia and the Southeast for 12 days beginning Tuesday, with four appearances set for Cobb.

The first will come Friday, with a 9 a.m. stop at Brumby Elementary School in east Cobb. The stopover is scheduled to include infielders Chris Johnson and Tyler Pastornicky, outfield prospect Todd Cunningham, coach Terry Pendleton and Brian Snitker, manager of the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves.

Four days later, the caravan will make two local stops, from 9-11 a.m. at Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell, and then at Town Center at Cobb mall in Kennesaw from 4-6:30 p.m.

Two of the club’s young lynchpins, right fielder Jason Heyward and first baseman Freddie Freeman, are set to appear at both stops, as are manager Fredi Gonzalez — an east Cobb resident — bench coach Carlos Tosca and broadcaster Don Sutton.

The events at Brumby and Clarkdale are not open to the general public. The stop at Town Center is open to the public.

On Jan. 30, the Braves will spend the morning at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta. The on-base event will feature Gonzalez, Sutton, pitcher David Hale — an east Cobb native and Walker School graduate — catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit and general manager Frank Wren.

“This is our special way of connecting with Braves fans on a personal level, and to thank them for their loyalty and support heading into 2014,” team president John Schuerholz said in a release.

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